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Internet Browser Compatibility

Internet Browser Compatibility

Ok, now I know I said I wouldn’t rant anymore and try to keep this area for news and products launches etc, but I just have to mention “browser compatibility” and websites. Yesterday we had an existing customer ask why their new website we are creating looks weird in Internet Explorer 6.

When I checked the site in Version 6 of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer I did see differences, now as it turns out when I talked to our developer she told me the client was looking at a “draft version” she was actually working on as the call happened. So really it was like standing beside a builder working on a wall as he’s laying each block. It’s better to come back after lunch and see the final product!

Anyways, What I’m getting to is that fact that when we design a website we design a site to be compatible with a number of browsers, and in fact we do what we call in the business as “future proofing” the website. So her site will in fact be compatible with smart phones and iphones etc.

Microsoft no longer support older version of Internet Explorer including version 5 and we can go a step further by telling you that Google too are discontinuing support for version 6 later this year too. So really if you want to have a website that is compatible with all the major Internet browsers and all the versions and revisions, I would ask you to think about a few things.

Who are you aiming at, the people using older versions of browsers are people who don’t move with the times, who are happy with what they currently have and I could nearly guess might not trust the Internet enough to even shop on-line, where as people browsing using newer Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above will be the type of people you want and need.

Think about the future folks, . . . . . . .shhh . . . . don’t tell anyone but . . . . It’s coming !

1 Comment
  • Noel Wiggins
    February 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I really get frustrated with those calls from the client who says the site needs to be corrected here and there, but when I look at it, its ok.

    But then I ask what browser or platform are they using and yes there it is chuck filled with errors.

    My latest css/div/html approach to design is starting to clear this issue up. But it still creeps up from time to time. Its like that brick layer building the wall. And as soon as the wall is finished it looks different from about 5 different angels. and needs to be tweaked and reworked from each angle and double checked to make sure nothing else is broken from any of the other views.

    It really is like building a house of cards.

    I hope that someday the browsers will get closer together in functionality to not be so frustrating for developers to design consistent looking websites

    Thanks and Regards

    Noel for Nopun.com
    professional graphic design

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